Spicy Zucchini "Fries"
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This is an easy recipe to scale to accommodate the number people you are feeding. You can even use multiple pans at once if you have a big crowd on hand.
Recipe type: Vegetables, Side Dishes
Serves: 2 to 6, depending on how much you make!
  • 1 or 2 fresh zucchini or other summer squash
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • spicy barbecue rub
  1. Wash the zucchini or summer squash and dry well.
  2. Cut off the ends of each squash, and then cut in half. Cut into long "french-fry" sort of shapes - you can look at the picture above to see how they should come out.
  3. Lay all of the pieces out on a cutting board or plate, and season with salt and pepper, and as much of a spicy barbecue rub as your taste buds will tolerate. [check the label of your rub - if it already contains salt, you may not need to add any more.]
  4. Put a couple of tablespoons of olive oil in an iron or other sort of heavy skillet, and heat until the oil begins to shimmer.
  5. Place the "fries" in the pan, make sure they don't touch, so that they have a chance to get nicely browned. Keep an eye on them, and turn to each side as they get some color on them, until they are nicely browned on all sides.
  6. Once they are done, place on a paper towel lined plate to drain.
  7. if you have enough that they need to be done in batches, you may need to add a bit more oil to the pan.
  8. Serve hot, with a dipping sauce of your choice - blue cheese is particularly tasty.
  9. Refrigerate leftovers
It is easy to vary this recipe to suit your own taste. You just use salt and pepper if you don't care for spicy food, or use the herbs and spices of your choice - curry powder and Chinese 5 spice are both interesting choices.
Recipe by The Creekside Cook at https://thecreeksidecook.com/spicy-zucchini-fries/